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Moment thief hurtles down railway line in stolen Land Rover

Moment Land Rover thief smashes through level crossing barrier and races along TRAIN TRACKS as stunned passengers look on – after injuring two cops during reckless getaway

  • The vehicle shot onto the train track at Cheshunt station just before 10am today
  • Amazed travellers watched from the platform as the car shot off down the track 
  • It was then abandoned so the reckless thief could make off on foot this morning
  • Two officers were injured in the brazen getaway, police confirmed

This is the shocking moment a Land Rover Discovery thief smashed through a level crossing barrier and raced along a train track as stunned passengers looked on.

The stolen vehicle shot onto the rails at Cheshunt train station in Hertfordshire shortly before 10am today.

Amazed travellers watched from the platform as the car sped off down the track – before being abandoned so the reckless thief could make off on foot.

Two officers were injured in the brazen getaway and countless vehicles were damaged, police confirmed, as their hunt for the driver continues.

The incident has caused travel chaos, with National Rail warning trains going through Cheshunt station may face delays of up to 60 minutes or be cancelled all together. The station will remain closed until 2pm. 

This is the shocking moment a car thief hurtled down a railway line in a stolen Land Rover while stunned passengers looked on

The stolen vehicle shot onto the rails at Cheshunt train station in Hertfordshire shortly before 10am today

Pictured: The car on the tracks

The stolen vehicle shot onto the rails at Cheshunt train station in Hertfordshire shortly before 10am today

Around 9.30am, Hertfordshire police were told a stolen vehicle had travelled into the county from Essex.

It was tracked down to Cheshunt, in Broxbourne, where two officers confronted the driver.

Footage taken by a local resident showed the officers screaming ‘get out of the car’ as the driver tried to get away.

As the officers frantically tugged at the driver, he put the car into reverse – with one cop still holding on as the car shot backwards.

Around 9.30am, Hertfordshire police were told a stolen vehicle (pictured later, on the tracks) had travelled into the county from Essex

Around 9.30am, Hertfordshire police were told a stolen vehicle (pictured later, on the tracks) had travelled into the county from Essex

It was tracked down to Cheshunt, in Broxbourne, (pictured on the tracks) where two officers confronted the driver

It was tracked down to Cheshunt, in Broxbourne, (pictured on the tracks) where two officers confronted the driver

Two officers (pictured trying to stop the driver) were injured in the brazen getaway and countless vehicles were damaged, police confirmed, as their hunt for the driver continues

Two officers (pictured trying to stop the driver) were injured in the brazen getaway and countless vehicles were damaged, police confirmed, as their hunt for the driver continues

As the officers frantically tugged at the driver, he put the car into reverse

One cop held on as the car shot backwards

As the officers frantically tugged at the driver, he put the car into reverse – with one cop still holding on as the car shot backwards

Footage taken by a local resident showed the officers screaming 'get out of the car' as the driver tried to get away

Footage taken by a local resident showed the officers screaming ‘get out of the car’ as the driver tried to get away

The thief then drove to nearby Cheshunt train station, where CCTV showed him smashing through a level crossing barrier before mounting the tracks.

Passengers film the driver as he shoots down the rails. 

The thief then abandons the car on the track between Cheshunt and Waltham Cross stations before making off on foot. He has still not been found. 

Greater Anglia and Stansted Express said replacement bus services are in operation due to the disruption caused.

A Hertfordshire Constabulary spokesperson said: ‘At around 9.30am on Thursday 15 July, our control room was made aware that a stolen vehicle had travelled into Hertfordshire ground, from Essex.

‘The vehicle was located in Cheshunt and officers from Essex Police attempted to speak to the driver.

Hertfordshire Police said: 'The vehicle (pictured as officers tried to stop the driver) made off, injuring two officers and damaging several vehicles in the process'

Hertfordshire Police said: ‘The vehicle (pictured as officers tried to stop the driver) made off, injuring two officers and damaging several vehicles in the process’

‘The vehicle then made off, injuring two officers and damaging several vehicles in the process.

‘Officers from Hertfordshire also attended to assist with the search and the vehicle was found abandoned on nearby train tracks, in Windmill Lane.

‘The vehicle has now been recovered and we are continuing to search for the driver.

‘Anyone who witnessed the incident, or saw the vehicle driving in the area, is asked to contact police on 101.’

The force later confirmed the vehicle has been recovered from the tracks and enquiries are ongoing to trace the driver.

The two officers involved only received minor physical injuries.

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